By Tare Youdeowei
THE Co-Founder of Women in Business, Management, and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Mrs Ibukun Awosika, has charged Olashore International School, Illoko-Ijesha, Osun State, graduates to be fearless, stating that failure has lessons success can never teach.
She made this known during her speech as guest speaker at the Valectory Service of Year 12 graduates of the school. Her words; “Your parents may have achieved much, but you are expected to achieve much more. It’s not about money but doing great and relevant things that can change your life. Whatever position you find yourself; be yourself and make the best out of it. Failure has lessons that success can never teach. When you fail, all you need do is review the circumstances of your failure and continue with your journey of life.”
Awosika, who is also the Chairperson of First Bank of Nigeria, added; “I congratulate you all as you end this phase of life in preparation for another. If you sum up all the school fees your parents paid, you will understand that you have an inheritance. Ask yourself the next step to achieve more, such that when you attain the age of 60, you will look back and be proud of yourself, make your parents proud.”
Lauding the performance of the students, Principal of the school, Mr. Derekn Smith expressed delight thus; “The graduating set has been outstanding in their International General Certificate of Secondary Education, IGSCE, exams and in initiating good ideas. They initiated the Olashore School Award which helped students identify role models within the school and celebrate them. This commitment to the Olashore Standard is something that has been evident not just in the prefects but across the year group.”
Best Graduating Student, Miss Mofiyinfoluwa Okupe, a 17 year old lawyer-to-be, explained that Olashore International School has helped develop her literary and leadership skills by exposing her to different scenarios in various leadership positions.
With awards in nine subjects, she disclosed that hard work, focus, dedication to God, setting priorities, good friends and maintaining good relationships are some of the qualities that helped her. She however advised her juniors to take same steps in order to climb the ladder of success.